Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Camelot - TCTB Review Roundup

Have you seen Chanhassen Dinner Theatres "charming, funny, and touching" production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical CAMELOT? If not, there's still time! Check out what our bloggers thought of the show, and then get your tickets before it closes February 25!
More info and tickets: http://bit.ly/chan_cam
Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Public Exposure - TCTB Review Roundup

Market Garden Theatre's new play PUBLIC EXPOSURE has already closed, but we still want to bring this company and playwright Keith Hovis' work to your attention. Laura wrote, "Between the sharp script, no holds barred performances, excellent direction, and the perfect venue, PUBLIC EXPOSURE is likely my favorite show of the year," and Jill called it "a smart new play in a perfectly suited found space with a small cast that was so great and natural I almost felt like I was eavesdropping on a real conversation."
Read the full reviews below, and give their Facebook page a like to keep informed about upcoming work.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer - TCTB Review Roundup

photo by Petronella J. Ytsma
About Park Square Theatre's THE SOUL OF GERSHWIN: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF AN AMERICAN KLEZMER, Play off the Page​ writes, "You don’t want to miss this one. Outside, the temps are in the single digits, but inside the Park Square Theatre you’ll experience the kind of goosebumps that raise your heart rate, heat you up and send shivers down your legs. The musicianship is outstanding." Read the full reviews below and then visit Park Square's website to get your tickets before it closes on December 31: http://bit.ly/pst_gersh.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Norwegians - TCTB Review Roundup

On the darker side of the holidays, we have appropriately named Dark & Stormy Productions' hilarious dark comedy THE NORWEGIANS. Cherry and Spoon calls it "a cross between a Prairie Home Companion sketch and an episode of Fargo, with more edge than the former but without the latter's ominous cloud of despair," and One Girl, Two Cities praises the "resplendent performances by a talented cast."
Tickets (playing through December 30): http://bit.ly/ds_norw

Monday, December 19, 2016

White Christmas - TCTB Review Roundup

photo by Rich Ryan
We'll definitely have a white Christmas this year in Minnesota, and we also have a scrumptious local production of the musical adaptation of the iconic movie WHITE CHRISTMAS by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Our bloggers wrote:
"The Ordway’s musical version of White Christmas provides everything one could want this time of year including holiday songs, dance, elaborate costumes and SNOW all to help tell a story of giving and love."
"White Christmas is brilliantly cast by mostly local talent, and James Rocco shines as a choreographer. All the dance numbers are exquisitely done, a visual feast of the eyes, exciting, sultry, and delightful. The costumes are absolutely dreamy."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

More Holiday Shows - TCTB Review Roundup

Well, friends, it's definitely winter! Our bloggers have a few more holiday theater suggestions for you that are more on the lovely side of the spectrum (as opposed to the wacky ones we've previously shared).
Theater Latte Da's ALL IS CALM at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Pantages Theatre (closing December 18:
"No show will touch your heart more than All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Theater Latte Da at the Pantages Theater. Nor will you hear more exquisite music and singing."
Minnesota Theater Lovehttp://bit.ly/love_calm
Twin Cities Stageshttp://bit.ly/stages_calm
Cherry and Spoon (2015): http://bit.ly/cs_calm15

THE LONGEST NIGHT at Open Eye Figure Theatre (closing December 23):"Part science lesson (complete with visual aids), part history, part mystical spirituality, The Longest Night is the loveliest of celebrations of the season."
Cherry and Spoonhttp://bit.ly/cs_long

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fun Home - TCTB Review Roundup

Several of our bloggers saw the Broadway tour of Fun Home The Musical this week. Despite being only 90 minutes long, this is such a rich and complex musicals that bloggers Laura (Twin Cities Stages), Jill (Cherry and Spoon), and Jules and Carol (Minnesota Theater Love) needed to discuss it. Read their conversation here (http://bit.ly/cs_funtalk) and see all of the blogger reviews at the links below. 
Fun Home continues at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis through Sunday only, so act fast to see this new original Tony winning musical that inspired our discussion.

Interview with Kate Shindle on Broadway World Minneapolis: http://bit.ly/bww_fun
PhenoMNal Twin Citieshttp://bit.ly/phen_fun
Cherry and Spoon (Broadway): http://bit.ly/cs_funnyc
Twin Cities Stageshttp://bit.ly/stage_fun
Compendium: http://bit.ly/comp_fun
Coffee Talk with Brett: http://bit.ly/coffee_fun

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Shows - TCTB Review Roundup

Our bloggers have a few more delightful holiday shows for your consideration:
Theater Latte Da's A CHRISTMAS CAROLE PETERSEN through December 23:"The stories are funny and sad and heartwarming, and the music beautiful and cheery. The joy radiating from the stage is contagious."
Minnesota Theater Lovehttp://bit.ly/love_pete
Cherry and Spoonhttp://bit.ly/cs_pete

Minneapolis Musical Theatre's THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL through December 23:
"TGATPCM is a delightful show for your holiday season. Not for the easily offended--there's a lot of creative swearing--although the characters transcend their stereotypical origins. The cabaret at Camp Bar is the perfect setting for this story about down-to-earth folks celebrating Christmas in their own way."
Minnesota Theater Lovehttp://bit.ly/love_trailer
Cherry and Spoonhttp://bit.ly/cs_trailer

Yellow Tree Theatre's A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS through December 31:"A perfect mix of heart and humor wrapped up in local jokes that we love so well, with a talented cast that makes these characters and the sweet and silly story sing."
Cherry and Spoon:http://bit.ly/cs_fishin

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Non-Holiday Shows - TCTB Review Roundup

Finding non-holiday theater this time of year can be a challenge, but Cherry and Spoon has a few suggestions. Act fast - all three are closing this weekend!
History Theatre ORPHAN TRAIN: http://bit.ly/cs_orphan
"The wonderful ensemble of seasoned pros and children alike, the excellent folk/Americana score played by a sparse but lovely orchestra, and the moving stories about immigrant orphan children in search of a home is a very affecting combination."

Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE: http://bit.ly/cs_fools
"It's such a beautiful thing to see people of various abilities working together to create art. What Fools is filled with much humor and heart, and a spirit of playfulness often lacking in Shakespeare."

Theatre Coup d'Etat THE CRUCIBLE: http://bit.ly/cs_cruc
"A well executed site-specific, intimate, and sobering production of a classic that's never felt more relevant and necessary."
- Also read Twin Cities Stages' review here: http://bit.ly/stage_cruc

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Lion in Winter - TCTB Review Roundup

photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
For a not-so-sweet holiday show, may we suggestion Guthrie Theater's THE LION IN WINTER about England's King Henry II and his dysfunctional family Christmas of 1183?
Compendium says, "Do you like castles? Incest? Bloody family feuds? Do you follow Game of Thrones as if it's your actual family? If so, I have the play for you... a lively cast breathing full, contemporary heart into this story that is nearly 1,000 years old."
Read full reviews here:
For more info and to purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/guthrie_lion

Friday, December 9, 2016

Sleeping Beauty in the Wood - TCTB Review Roundup

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photo by Chris Holden
"Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who were grieved, more grieved than words can tell, because they had no children." So begins Charles Perrault's SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD and Collective Unconscious's brilliant adaption of the classic fairy tale. This devastatingly beautiful, compassionate, witty, subversive, and exquisitely imagined play about the struggle for human dignity is not playing long (it closes December 11), but if you can get down to the Red Eye Theater in time, go see it. It will blow your mind and break your heart at the same time.
- Talking Broadway (full review here: http://bit.ly/talk_beauty)
It’s not for everyone, certainly; if you cringe at the words “dance” or “movement”, you should probably look elsewhere. But if, like me, you enjoy something a little unusual and fantastical, something that is alternately funny and serious, ridiculous, decadent, and fabulous (and especially if you like something “magical” but aren’t impressed by the season’s offering of Christmas-related shows) — get thee to Red Eye Theater and give yourself over to the magic.
- Compendium (full review here: http://bit.ly/comp_beauty)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Christmas Carol - TCTB Review Roundup

It just wouldn't be Christmas without The Guthrie Theater annual production of A Christmas Carol! Talkin' Broadway says, "Joe Chvala's elegant, well-wrought, and talent-packed production will no doubt meet every expectation of returning audiences, and it will probably win the hearts of those who are seeing the play for the first time." And Cherry and Spoon says, "In today's current environment when there's so much division among us, so much violence and ugliness, A ChristmasCarol shows us how good humanity can be."
Read the full reviews at the links below and then share your thoughts in the comments.
Playing through December 30: http://bit.ly/guthrie_xmas

photo by Dan Norman

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Christmas Story - TCTB Review Roundup

The Twin Cities Theater Bloggers had a lovely time at Lyric Arts a few weeks ago when they hosted us for Christmas Cocktails with the wonderful cast of A CHRISTMAS STORY. Cherry and Spoon says: "Fans of the movie are sure to enjoy Lyric Arts production." So much so that the show is close to sold out; call the box office for availability: http://www.lyricarts.org/on-stage/a-christmas-story
Read about our day at Lyric Arts at the links below.

the bloggers with the cast of A Christmas Story
(photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
P.S. If any other theaters would like to host a blogger event, with or without cocktails, send us a message at our Facebook page!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cinderella - TCTB Review Roundup

Photo Credit: Dan Norman 

Cinderella at the Children's Theatre Company through January 8, 2017! 
See our reviews below and a special behind the scenes tour!
They say that everyone has that “magical moment” where theater becomes something special. That moment you’ll never forget. It is that one magical moment that pulls kids into theater and they never look back. Children’s Theatre Company’s Cinderella is the special production that creates those magical moments! - Aly Chromy with Say Entirely

TCTB Review Roundup of Four Funny Christmas Shows

Looking for some Christmas funny? Our bloggers saw these shows and enjoyed a much needed laugh at this stressful and sometimes a little too sweet time of the year. 
THE AVERAGERS: CHRISTMAS WAR by Comedy Suitcase at Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater through December 11:
One Girl, Two Cities: http://bit.ly/1g2c_ave
Cherry and Spoon: http://bit.ly/cs_ave
Jill from Cherry and Spoon and Laura from One Girl, Two Cities
with The Averagers

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS at Bryant Lake Bowl & Theaterthrough December 17:
The Room Where It Happenshttp://bit.ly/room_die